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June 5, 2008

Tell It Like It Is

How many of us truly appreciate honesty and how many of us are willing to be totally honest with those around us and especially ourselves ? Honesty is like a weapon and depending upon how you choose to use it, it can cut deep or barley scratch the surface. It seems that we have become accustomed to sparing the feelings of others while at the same rate denying our true feelings to them.

In order to maintain the status quo, we have adjusted our opinion’s to fit the belief structures of those we interact with- for obvious reasons. But how do we be honest without the consequence of injuring another persons ideals or values?  Or is it even our problem how another person reacts to what we have to say ?  In my personal opinion, i feel that we should be honest in speaking our truths and in the same breath honor someone else’s beliefs with respect.

It’s a tricky situation this honesty thing. On one hand you want to claim your truth and speak it unhindered, yet there is the issue that not everyone will agree with what you have to say and may even challenge the opinions you hold so strongly.

In the world of today censorship is everywhere.  Those who go uncensored usually feel some heat afterwards but also get respect for taking a risk and standing up for ones ideals. But there must be a fine balance- although it is not our responsibility for how someone else reacts to our comments, it is our responsibility to provide an understanding of why we feel the way we do. We can say, ” I know you may not fully understand why it is i feel this way, but i want you to know that even though we do not share the same thought i respect you for your different take on the situation”. I’ve found if you offer this line of genuine understanding, others will be much more patient and comfortable around your honesty and plainly other’s won’t but it’s worth a shot to invoke.

The bottom line remains, tell it like it is and respect what it is you gotta tell. Sometimes it’s not even what you say but truly how you say it that determines the reactions you get.


Written By: Jennifer Kunlire aka TruthWhisphers 

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